By Molly • Molly Walker • 

MDA pleads for additional funds

The McMinnville Downtown Association is asking for some additional help from local merchants in order to meet its Turkey Rama fundraising goal. It needs to raise another $8,500 in the next three weeks, according to Manager Cassie Sollars.

“It’s looking to be a great event,” she said. “We just need a little help paying for it.”

While the economy is beginning to rebound, the small business sector is still in the recovery phase, Sollars said. It hasn’t totally recovered, and that means finances remain tight.

“It’s been rough the last couple of years,” she acknowledged. “I think businesses are feeling overwhelmed about all this ‘ask’ from the community, and we understand.”

Sollars said all of the food court slots have been filled now, and most downtown businesses are planning to participate.

“Our downtown portion of Turkey Rama is supported in great part by booth fees, and we’re seeing some great vendor applications this year — many new ones we’ve never seen before,” she said in a letter distributed last week to members of the business community. “We’re confident you’ll see great improvements during this year’s festival.

“But — plain and simple — we are still short of our fundraising goal. We need your help in raising $8,500 in the next three weeks.”

She concluded, “Anything your business is able to spare to help the downtown portion of Turkey Rama is greatly appreciated.”

Checks or requests for an invoice may be sent to the MDA at P.O. Box 691, McMinnville, OR 97128. Additional information may be obtained by calling 503-472-3605.



Real estate sales in Yamhill County continue remain up from last year, according to information provided by the Regional Multiple Listing Service.

In May, the county logged 115 pending sales, up 17.3 percent. It recorded 109 closed sales at an average sales price of $230,500.

Year-to-date, the county has generated 552 pending sales, up 23.8 percent. The average sale price was $225,700 and median sale price $185,000.

The county has also recorded seven commercial sales, at an average price of $213,100; 28 bare land sales, at an average price of $205,400; and 11 multi-family housing sales at an average price of $295,400.



The summer Music & Wine Thursday series, hosted by Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn,is slated to kick off June 20 with classical and jazz offerings by John Wayland Harr. The performances run 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the facility, located at 10660 S.W. Youngberg Hill Road.

Black and Blue will be featured June 27 and Christopher Engbertson July 11. There is no charge to attend.

For additional information, call 503-472-2727.



A Ladies Night Out fundraiser for the See Ya Later Foundation’s Biggest Turkey campaign will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 25. It is slated for the banquet room at the Golden Valley Restaurant & Brewery, 980 N.E. Fourth St.



Mobile fish salesman Carl Trentadue, who goes by the nickname “Captain Jonny Rush,”  has leased a building at Valley Junction in Grand Ronde for the first half of the summer. He will be selling 10-pound boxes of halibut, and like products, out of a distinctive red bus he calls the “Red Dog Submarine.”



The McMinnville Area Chamber of Commerce has a greeters event slated for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Konect Aviation, 400 S.E. Cirrus Ave.

Newberg’s Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce has one scheduled for 8 to 9 a.m. Friday at Jazzercise, 2251 E. Hancock St., Suite 103.


Molly Walker, the News-Register’s business editor, can be reached at or 503-687-1272.

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